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10 Principles of Geriatric Care in Acute Care Settings

March 27, 2017

Whether we like it or not, the future of medicine is geriatrics. As the demographics in the United States change in the next 50 years, it is predicted that practitioners will find themselves providing care to a much larger group of elderly patients. For example, the 2014 census data showed that 14.5% of the U.S. population was 65 years of age or older. By 2040, it is estimated that this age group will grow to comprise 22% of the population. People are actually living long enough to form a subgroup of elderly patients who are over 85 years old – the “super-elderly.” This crowd of the super elderly grew three...

[INFOGRAPHIC] Understanding Diagnostic Error

March 22, 2017

Diagnostic error poses a significant threat to patient safety. According to a 2007-2013 closed claims analysis from The Doctors Company, missed or delayed diagnoses are responsible for 57% of malpractice claims in emergency medicine.

Before we can design patient safety initiatives to address diagnostic error in our organizations, we must first understand the breadth of the issue. This infographic outlines the scope of diagnostic error and breakdowns in the diagnostic process that can lead to error.

Case: Vertebral Artery Dissection

March 20, 2017

In this case, we present an incredible day-by-day progression from the moment of onset of a vertebral artery dissection as told by the emergency physicianwho had it!

Vertebrobasilar artery thrombosis or dissection affecting the posterior circulation can be extraordinarily difficult to diagnose. In the failure to diagnose specialties such asprimary care, internal medicine, family practice, emergency medicine and urgent care where the door is open to all, risk and safety education and evaluation focused around this deadly high-risk clinical entity is critical.

5 Recommendations to Reduce Obstetric Nursing Stress

March 15, 2017

Is there really such a thing as a normal day on the OB unit? Highly doubtful. Unpredictability and uncertainty loom from the beginning of your shift to the end. But what if you could achieve some control over your day and try to decrease both your personal stress level and the stress of those in your immediate environment? While keeping your day 100% stress-free may not be possible, at least lowering the stress level for yourself and others is achievable and can help you to maintain stellar composure through the most grueling of patient scenarios.

Your Hospital Safety Culture: Strengths and Weaknesses

March 13, 2017

According to the most recent survey on hospital culture by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), provider perception of a positive hospital safety culture was the lowest for questions concerning the presence of non-punitive response to errors, effective handoffs and transitions, and adequate staffing. These results are detailed by the AHRQ in the “Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 2016 User Comparative Database Report.”

Q&A: Implementing a Communication and Resolution Program

March 8, 2017

Tom Syzek, MD, FACEP, served as the Chief Risk Officer of a multi-specialty physician group and President of the group’s captive insurance company. In those roles, he was the focal point for the Communication and Resolution Program (CRP); he attributes many prevented lawsuits to an effective communication and resolution strategy. We picked Tom’s brain to understand some key questions that we hear clients ask about Communication & Resolution Programs.

Triage: The Acutely Agitated Patient

March 6, 2017

Patients with mental health complaints are visiting emergency departments and urgent care centers at an increasing rate. It is imperative that triage staff are able to make rapid and safe decisions for these patients.

Rule #1: Make No Assumptions

Making assumptions in triage is dangerous. Our subconscious biases can lead to cognitive errors in the assessment of patients, particularly those who are agitated.

How 5 Physician Documentation Methods Compare to Facilitate Safer Care

March 2, 2017

Physician workflow frustrations are cited by several studies as a significant contributing factor to physician burnout, an epidemic estimated to impact 51% of the physician population according to Medscape’s 2017 study. Because burnout can be tied to risks in patient safety, improvements in physician workflow are key components in the patient safety movement. 

The Pain in Pain Management

February 27, 2017

Pain management in the acute care setting (ED, Urgent Care, office) has once again catapulted to the top of the list of hot topics. Years ago the conversation centered on recognizing pain as a “fifth vital sign” and navigating the tricky crossroad of patient satisfaction and the provision of timely, sufficient pain medication. In the Emergency Department, I witnessed every extreme of practitioner and patient behavior.

RSQ® Spotlight with Margaret Curtin | Healthcare Risk Management

February 22, 2017

MPIE’s Margaret Curtin Provides Insight into Risk Management’s Role in 2017

As we begin 2017, we asked Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange’s Vice President of Risk and Client Services, Margaret Curtin, MPA, HCA, CPHRM, DFASHRM, CPCU, to share her insight on being successful in the industry and on direction of the industry.


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